How to Stop Condensation on Walls in Your Bathroom

How to Stop Condensation on Walls in Your Bathroom

Nobody wants condensation on walls in their bathroom. But for many people, it’s a frustrating reality. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to reduce its severity and protect your walls, as this post will explore…

Why is there condensation in my bathroom?

If you want to stop condensation on your bathroom walls, it’s best to understand why it’s there in the first place.

Condensation forms when moisture from humid air is drawn to cold surfaces within your home. Humidity (the level of moisture in the air) is increased by activities that release moisture, including showing, bathing and washing your hands in the bathroom – but also boiling a kettle, cooking and drying your washing, elsewhere in the home.

Those high humidity levels are particularly problematic when the moisture can’t escape through windows, doors and other forms of ventilation. That’s when condensation comes into play, with the moisture condensing from a gas into a liquid on the nearest cold surface – which in many cases is your bathroom walls.

How to stop condensation on bathroom walls

The best way to stop condensation on your bathroom walls is by ventilating the space, especially when moisture is being released when bathing or showering. Opening a window will let moisture escape, albeit at a cost to the temperature of the room.

Alternatively, extractor fans – as the name suggests – extract moisture from the air without the need to let cold air in. While opening doors is usually recommended for ventilation, leaving your bathroom door open will simply allow the humidity to spread through your home.

One final note is to keep the space well heated. Turning on your bathroom radiator or towel heater will prevent bathroom walls from becoming particularly cold and drawing that moisture out of the air.

Preventing further problems with condensation

If you’re struggling with condensation on bathroom walls, it only right to be concerned. Condensation can go beyond an eyesore if it’s left ignored. When moisture is constantly attracted to your walls, they will become damp which can lead to permanent stains or even mould. In turn, that will bring its own issues with respiratory problems, allergies and asthma.

If you’ve improved ventilation and your bathroom walls are still attracting condensation, PVC wall panels could be the best option. Because PVC is completely water resistant, it will stop condensation getting to your walls and minimise the chance of damp or mould forming.

Any condensation that does get on your PVC panels can simply be wiped down, and there will be no detriment to their appearance over time.

Protect your bathroom walls

PVC wall panels are a sure-fire way to end the cycle of decorating and redecorating when condensation damages your walls. At Igloo Surfaces, we offer a 10-20 year guarantee with all of our bathroom wall panels, so you can rest assured they will keep your bathroom walls looking great for years to come.

To find out more, simply contact our team online. Or see for yourself by ordering four samples for just £1.

 

How to Clean Bathroom Wall Tiles

How to Clean Bathroom Wall Tiles

Tiles are used in bathrooms up and down the UK to provide a water-resistant covering for walls. But over time, they can easily become dirty and discoloured, which calls for a good clean. After all, you don’t want the place you clean yourself to look or feel dirty!

Read on as we discuss why tiles get dirty, how to clean bathroom tiles and whether there’s an easier way.

Are tiles hygienic?

You might notice that tiles themselves don’t get particularly dirty. Their smooth, non-porous surface lets water run off – with most dirt going with it. However, to provide a fully sealed water-resistance surface, you need grouting in-between tiles.

This is where most hygiene problems occur. While tiles still require regular cleaning, grouting acts as a trench or gutter between tiles, where dirt and grime can easily build up. Over time, it can even lead to unsightly discolouration.

That’s why, when you’re considering how to clean bathroom tiles, you’ll need to be ready to tackle the grouting as well!

Cleaning bathroom wall tiles

Cleaning wall tiles in your bathroom can be broken down into two main steps – the tiles and the grouting.

Tackling the tiles

Firstly, to clean bathroom wall tiles, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and white vinegar (roughly half and half), then add a drop or two of washing up liquid. Spray your tiles with the solution then rub down with a sponge.

Rinse the wall tiles down with warm water then dry them with a cloth to avoid any streaks being left on the surface.

Going at the grouting

Now onto the grouting. For this job you’ll need a toothbrush, some baking soda and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. The latter can be found in most supermarkets, despite sounding like something from a high-school chemistry lesson.

Wet the baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl, then dip your toothbrush in the mixture. Next, scrub the grouting between tiles with the toothbrush to remove dirt, grime and discolouration.

Rinse the tiles as best you can to get the baking soda and dirt away, and your grouting should look a lot closer to its original white.

Is there an easier way?

While we’ve tried to provide the easiest way possible to clean bathroom wall tiles, scrubbing away at grouting can become tiring and burdensome when you have to do it on a regular basis.

Thankfully, there is an alternative to bathroom wall tiles that is much easier to clean. PVC wall panels have a larger surface and no grouting between panels, so they’re much easier to clean. Simply wipe down and rinse to keep panels looking at their best.

They’re available in a range of modern styles. Best of all, PVC panels can be installed over the top of tiles for complete convenience, avoiding the need for messy, time-consuming tile removal.

Upgrading to a low-maintenance bathroom

If you want to take the hassle out of cleaning your bathroom, bathroom wall panels are a stylish, long-lasting and cost-effective solution.

At Igloo Surfaces, our wall panels come with a guarantee of 10-20 years for extra peace of mind. You can even order 4 samples for just £1 to make sure you get the right look for your bathroom.

7 Benefits of PVC Ceiling Panels for Bathrooms

7 Benefits of PVC Ceiling Panels for Bathrooms

How do you cover the ceiling in your bathroom? That’s a question asked in homes up and down the country – many of whom are sick of repapering or adding yet another lick of paint.

Cue the entry of PVC ceiling panels for bathrooms. These revolutionary panels can change the way your bathroom looks, feels and functions. Read on as we take a closer look, with seven key benefits…

1. Water resistant

First things first, PVC ceiling panels are completely water resistant. That’s an absolute must on your bathroom ceiling, which is constantly exposed to moisture as steam rises from your shower or bath.

2. Low maintenance

While paint will flake and paper will peel, PVC ceiling panels for your bathroom will stay in place and continue looking sharp. That means there’s no need to constantly touch up or revamp your ceiling. Simply sit back in the bath and enjoy the view.

3. Modern

Let’s face it. Paint and wallpaper are dated. That’s especially true when they inevitably succumb to the moisture rising up in your bathroom. On the other hand, PVC bathroom ceiling panels provide a contemporary appearance that doesn’t fade over time. Choose from a selection of styles, from smooth high gloss to wood-effect ash and bring your bathroom right up to date.

4. Versatile

Another feature of modern bathrooms is modern lighting. Recessed LED lights are a sought-after feature for anyone who wants a contemporary, seamless look. Fortunately, PVC ceiling panels won’t cause an obstruction. Despite being robust and hard-wearing, PVC is impressively workable so modern recessed light fittings can be built in without any issues.

5. Easy to fit

Ever tried wallpapering or painting your ceiling? Take our word for it – it’s even harder in the bathroom. The high-moisture environment makes things difficult, while unmovable obstacles like the toilet, bath and shower add a further challenge.

In contrast, PVC ceiling panels are a breeze to install. Simply measure up, cut them to size, apply adhesive and away you go…

6. Long-lasting

When you install PVC ceiling panels in your bathroom, you can rest assured they’re there to stay. The hard-wearing PVC won’t weaken or fade over time, nor will it be affected by any knocks or bumps when cleaning those hard-to-reach areas. To put your mind at ease, our ceiling panels even come with a 10-20 year guarantee.

7. Cost-effective

To start with, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy PVC ceiling panels for bathrooms. But because they’re so durable, that cost will be spread over a longer lifespan. Rather than buying now and replacing in a couple of years, you’ll be investing in ceiling panels for over a decade, making the overall purchase even more cost-effective.

PVC ceiling panels for your bathroom

From the cost and longevity to their modern appearance, there are a number of benefits that set PVC panels apart from the alternatives. If you’re ready to make the switch, Igloo Surfaces is ready and waiting.

We stock a selection of high-quality PVC panels that are perfect for your bathroom ceiling. Choose from single panels or handy five-panel multipacks, then buy with confidence thanks to our 10-20 year guarantee.

4 Bathroom Colour Ideas for Small Bathrooms

4 Bathroom Colour Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in any home. But they’re also one of the most functional rooms, which is why their layout is often about fitting things in rather than making them spacious and inviting.

The result is that a lot of homes have small bathrooms, whether it’s the family bathroom or an ensuite that’s been squeezed in adjacent to the master bedroom. Fortunately, even the smallest bathrooms can look great with the right colours.

Read on as we look at four bathroom colour ideas for small bathrooms.

1. White

White is hailed as the best colour for small rooms because it naturally reflects light, making spaces look bigger. That might work in bedrooms or reception rooms, where other colours are used to add depth.

However, many bathrooms will already be dominated by fixtures that are white – your sink, toilet and bath. Having all white walls can make the space look bigger, but it might come at a cost to the overall look and feel of your bathroom.

That said, if your bathroom has plenty of other colours – from the floor, shower, shower curtain and towels – you can’t beat white walls for adding a spacious appearance.

2. Off white

If you want the light-reflection of white without the overwhelming all-white appearance, and off-white shade can work wonders in your small bathroom. Shades like seafoam, linen and cesco are light enough to create a spacious look but still have a tinge of colour to distinguish them from your porcelain features.

3. Blue

With all the warmth and steam from baths and showers, one of the main issues with small bathrooms is that they feel stuffy. A good way to counteract this is with a cool colour. Unlike warm shades such as red, orange and yellow, cool colours create a breezy look that’s ideal for small bathrooms.

A subtle pastel blue shade can keep things light and airy, while a more striking blue is perfect for a feature wall or shower panels.

4. Green

Green is another cold bathroom colour idea for small bathrooms, which can stop the space feeling stuffy and uncomfortable. Another benefit of green is that it creates a natural look, conjuring ideas of breezy spring days and leafy surroundings.

If you’re adding a feature wall, green and olive offer a classic, organic look, while striking lime provides something truly vibrant. For a base colour, a pastel green or subtle mint will give your small bathroom a good balance of colour and light.

Choosing the perfect colour for your small bathroom

While the colour ideas above provide a bit of insight and inspiration for your small bathroom, the most important advice is to choose a colour you love. Small or large, you’ll be using your bathroom every single day, so you’ll want it to be a space you’re happy in.

At Igloo Surfaces, you can choose from bathroom wall panels in a spectrum of stylish colours. With a 10-20 year guarantee on all panels, you can rest assured your bathroom will stand the test of time, whatever the colour.

 

7 Bathroom Feature Wall Ideas

7 Bathroom Feature Wall Ideas

Feature walls have become a design staple for rooms throughout homes over the past decade. It’s no surprise to see the trend making its way into the bathroom too. A bathroom feature wall adds a backdrop to those quick showers and long baths, as well as tying your design together with a unique focal point.

To give you a bit more inspiration, we’ve curated a list of seven bathroom feature wall ideas that will bring your space to life.

1. Wood-effect walls

When you’re lying back in your bath or enjoying the steam from the shower, it’s nice to close your eyes and imagine you’re in a luxury spa. With a wood-look feature wall, you won’t have to close your eyes.

Natural wood is used in spas and saunas across the world, but it can be difficult to maintain in your own bathroom – not to mention pretty costly. With PVC panels, you can create a wood-effect feature wall that’s practical and looks great. For something a little different, try the driftwood ash wall panel.

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2. Adding patterns

Some of the best bathroom feature wall ideas are those which add an interesting pattern to your design. While your favourite patterns might be overwhelming on all four walls, a feature wall allows you to get the balance just right in your bathroom.

Echo the refreshing just-showered look with a water droplets pattern, or just add some sparkle to one of your walls.

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3. Brick feature

Going back to the natural materials, brick is another sought-after look that adds character and depth to your space. But like wood, it’s not the most practical option for a room that’s wet and steamy by nature.

Thankfully, there are a selection of bathroom wall panels that offer the exposed brick look without the rough surface and porous mortar. Go for a classic red-brick appearance or opt for something a bit different with a lighter, more modern brick effect.

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4. A splash of colour

If you want a bathroom feature wall idea that makes you happy every time you step foot in your bathroom, why not go for a splash of your favourite colour? As with interesting patterns, vibrant colours can easily become overwhelming on all four walls – but not with a feature wall.

From striking lime and pink to classic shades like red and blue, using a solid colour on your feature wall is a great way to make your bathroom a bit more you.

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5. A stone bathroom

From marble and graphite to concrete and granite, there are so many bathroom feature wall ideas when it comes to stone. It’s one of the most sought-after materials throughout the home, but is usually eye-wateringly expensive to purchase and install.

With a selection of stone-look panels to choose from, you can get the best of both worlds with a stylish appearance that doesn’t break the bank.

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6.   On-trend copper

Copper has taken over in the last few years, appearing everywhere from kitchen utensils to light fixtures. Now, you can even have it in your bathroom with a copper-effect wall panel. The metallic look will add warmth to your bathroom, without the cold surface you would normally get with a copper feature.

7.   A photo feature

If you want your space to really stand out, a vibrant image could be the perfect bathroom feature wall idea for you. Choose from a waterfall, beach or a stylish location like London or New York to transport yourself whenever you enter the bathroom.

Or add your own image with our innovative Arctic Infinity custom panels.

Arctic Infinity Range

Creating your bathroom feature wall

From copper, stone and wood to colours, patterns and images, Igloo Surfaces can turn your bathroom feature wall ideas into a reality. Our high-quality bathroom wall panels come in a variety of stunning designs, all with the same water-resistance, durability and easy installation.

Can You Put Bathroom Wall Panels over Tiles?

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Bathroom wall panels are a modern, durable and cost-effective alternative to tiled walls. However, removing tiles to replace them with wall panels can be messy, time consuming and expensive if you’re getting someone else to do it.

To make things easier, many customers ask ‘can you put bathroom wall panels over tiles’? Read on as we provide everything you need to know.

It’s a ‘yes’ from us

The good news is – yes, you can put bathroom wall panels over tiles. At Igloo Surfaces, our wall panels have been designed with convenience in mind, so they can be installed directly over existing tiles.

That saves you a lot of time removing the existing tiles or the cost of getting someone in to do it for you. It also allows you to sidestep the mess caused by removing tiles, and potential damage to your bathroom floor when all those tiles are coming off the wall. It will even save you a trip to the tip to get rid of all the waste too.

How to put bathroom wall panels over tiles

The process of putting bathroom wall panels over tiles is much the same as installing them onto a bare wall, as outlined in our 15-step guide.

However, to summarise, you simply need to add adhesive to the corner sections and fit them to the wall, measure up and cut the panels to size, apply adhesive to the tiled wall and corner trim, then place the panel on the wall and smooth out any air.

All that’s left after that is to add the side edge joint strips and top trims.

Should you put bathroom wall panels over tiles?

As explained above, putting wall panels over tiles is certainly an option for your bathroom. The final question to ask is whether you should do it. To make that decision easier, it’s worth considering the various benefits bathroom wall panels offer compared to tiles.

First and foremost, they provide a more modern look. Bathroom wall panels are available in a vast array of styles, giving you a lot more freedom when it comes to the design of your bathroom.

On top of that, they’re easier to clean. Once you have put bathroom wall panels over tiles, you’ll simply need to wipe them down to keep them hygienic and looking at their best.

Finally, they’re durable and long-lasting. Made from hard-wearing PVC, your bathroom wall panels will continue to work well and look great long into the future. For added assurance, we provide a 10-20 year guarantee with all our products.

Find your perfect bathroom wall panels

Ready to put bathroom wall panels over your tiles? Igloo Surfaces offers a selection of modern, hard-wearing products that allow you to do it with ease. Browse our full range of bathroom wall panels today to find the right style for your bathroom.

6 Bathroom Wall Covering Ideas

6 Bathroom Wall Covering Ideas

With so many bathrooms covered by tiles, it can be difficult to find the inspiration you need when you’re revamping your own walls. That’s why we’ve put together a list of bathroom wall covering ideas that can truly transform your space.

Read on for six bathroom wall covering ideas, from unique textures to immersive images.

Use a natural, textured  look

Natural textures can add another dimension to any bathroom. Here are three bathroom wall covering ideas that use natural textures without the cost.

1.    Stone

Natural stone is one of the most high-end looks for any bathroom. But it can come with an equally high-end price tag. Using PVC wall panels, you can add the chic appearance of stone without the eye-watering costs. Choose from a range of styles including black marble, polished stone or even understated grey concrete.

2.    Brick

Exposed brickwork has emerged as a long-standing trend over the last decade. Unfortunately, bricks and mortar aren’t the best at dealing with constant exposure to moisture. Using brick effect wall panels, you can combine the sought-after look with much-needed water-resistance.

3.    Wood effect

Wood can create the feel of a sauna or spa in your bathroom. However, much like brick, wood itself isn’t particularly conducive to the splashes and spills of a bathroom. Wood-effect panels allow you to get creative, without the same high-maintenance going forward.

Add a feature wall

Feature walls have become a design staple in recent years. Bathrooms are no exception, where an interesting design can create a backdrop for those relaxing soaks after a long week at work. While patterned wallpaper is obviously unsuitable for bathrooms, PVC wall panels allow you to add this focal point without compromising on function.

4.    Landscapes

Transport yourself to somewhere truly serene every time you head to the shower. A waterfall panel is the ultimate backdrop for calm, complementing the running water of your bath or shower.  Or maybe you’d prefer the warmth and relaxation of a Caribbean beach from a palm tree wall covering?

5.    Locations

If your favourite place in the world is a little more specific, why not add a location-based image to your bathroom walls? Make your bathroom quintessentially British with a Big Ben backdrop, or turn it into a bathroom that never sleeps with the Statue of Liberty front and centre.

6.   Keep it simple with a solid colour

While interesting textured effects and beautiful images are perfect for some, one of the best bathroom wall covering ideas is simply to add your favourite colour. This can be tricky with tiles, as the amount of grouting required can break up the colour too much.

However, with wall panels, you can choose from a spectrum of vibrant colours which will be displayed without the interruption of grouting. Go bold with red, green and blue or opt for something more subtle like fawn, pastel blue or soft grey.

Bring your bathroom wall covering ideas to life

Whatever your favourite bathroom wall covering idea, Igloo Surfaces can help you make it happen in your home. Our PVC bathroom wall panels are available in a range of styles, from solid colours and subtle patterns to bold images and natural effects.

All panels are easy to fit, 100% waterproof and impressively low maintenance, so you’ll never have to compromise on performance to get the look you want. If you have any further questions about our products, don’t hesitate to contact our team.

What’s the Best Way to Cover Tiles?

What’s the Best Way to Cover Tiles?

Tiles have traditionally been the most popular way to keep your walls waterproof in the bathroom or kitchen. But they’re not for everybody, especially today when a lot of bathroom and kitchen tiles look dated.

The problem is that removing them can be costly, time consuming, messy and pretty stressful. So, what’s the alternative? In this post, we’ll discuss the various options for covering tiles and which of them comes out on top.

Stickers

Decorative stickers are probably the easiest way to cover tiles. However, they’re also the most temporary solution. Water-resistant stickers can be applied on top of old tiles in various sizes. However, as you might expect, they’re not going to stand the test of time and the finished look isn’t particularly attractive.

Tile paint

If you’re simply looking for a different colour, and don’t mind the appearance of tiling itself, tile paint could provide the solution. Available in a wide range of colours, it’s applied over tiles and grouting, drying quickly for a waterproof surface.

The main downside is that you get what you pay for. The end result simply looks like paint over tiles.

Microcement

Another way to cover tiles is using a decorative coating or ‘microcement’. Tiles will need to be sanded down with an oscillating grinder before a bonding bridge or primer is applied. Microcement can then be added to the walls for a smooth, uniform surface.

It’s worth noting that microcement requires a suitable varnish to protect it from moisture, which adds to the already arduous process of covering your tiles this way. By this point, it probably would have been easier to just remove the tiles from the wall!

Adhesive tiles

Often hailed as one of the best ways to cover tiles, adhesive tiles offer a quick and easy ‘peel and stick’ application. Working on ceramic and porcelain as well as a range of other surfaces, they allow you to cover your bathroom tiles with ease.

However, the surface created by adhesive tiles is never truly watertight. Tiles are simply stuck as close together as you can place them, meaning there’s always the chance that water can get through tiny gaps.

PVC panels

When you’re looking for the best way to cover tiles, it’s hard to see past PVC wall panels. Available for both bathrooms and kitchens, PVC panels eliminate all of the problems highlighted with the alternative methods.

They’re cost-effective and long-lasting with a 10-20 year guarantee. They’re easy to fit on top of existing tiles and completely water-resistant.

On top of everything else, they look great, providing a completely new surface on top of your tiles, with a vast array of style choices. Plain colours, subtle patterns and effects or bold images – the choice is yours.

Ready to cover your tiles?

At Igloo Surfaces, we believe PVC wall panels are the best way to cover tiles by some distance. If you want to see for yourself, you can order up to four product samples for just £1. You’ll be given a £5 discount code with your samples, to claim that cost back if you choose to make an order.

Alternatively, if you have any questions about our panels, feel free to get in touch on hello@igloosurfaces.com.

A Complete Bathroom Wall Panel Buying Guide

A Complete Bathroom Wall Panel Buying Guide

Bathroom wall panels are an increasingly popular wall covering for bathrooms and showers in both homes and commercial facilities. But given that they’re relatively new on the scene, it’s understandable that buyers have plenty of questions about them.

In this post, we’ll aim to cover all bases, providing a comprehensive buying guide for bathroom wall panels.

Bathroom wall panels: the basics

The first question for many buyers will be ‘what exactly are bathroom wall panels?’ In short, they’re PVC panels that are fitted to cover your bathroom walls.

Panels come in a range of sizes, but are typically made to cover the length of the wall (as opposed to tiles, where multiple tiles are lined up from the floor to the ceiling). They vary from 250mm to upwards of a metre in width, but are typically less than a centimetre thick, so they don’t eat away at the size of your bathroom.

Bathroom wall panels can be bought individually based on the requirements and size of your bathroom, or in shower panel kits, which come with two or three panels as well as everything you need to fit them.

6 benefits of bathroom wall panels

Bathroom wall panels have a long list of benefits compared to their alternatives.

Waterproof

First and foremost, PVC bathroom wall panels are completely waterproof. This is a must-have for the surroundings of any bath or shower, where spills, splashes and moisture from steam are inevitable.

Stylish

Because they’re made from versatile PVC, bathroom wall panels are available in a wide selection of styles. Solid colours, subtle sparkle effects, natural-look materials like wood and stone, and even detailed images. With bathroom wall panels, the choice is yours.

Low maintenance

Bathroom wall panels are fitted using a tongue and groove system, so they don’t require masses of grouting between every panel to keep them waterproof.  That makes them much easier to keep clean, with the panel itself simply wiping clean.

Easy to fit

As we’ll explain in more detail below, bathroom wall panels are impressively easy to fit. There’s no need for grouting and they can even be installed on top of existing tiles to save you time and effort.

Durable

Bathroom wall panels are made to last. The strong PVC can withstand all the bumps and knocks that come with the day-to-day use of a bathroom. For complete assurance, Igloo wall panels even come with a guarantee of 10-20 years.

Cost-effective

From the affordable initial price to the fact they last so long, bathroom wall panels are certainly cost-effective. Guaranteed for at least 10 years, your investment will continue to pay off in the long run, where you would’ve needed to replace other products like bathroom wallpaper.

How to fit your panels

Whatever you’re buying for your home, you’ll want to know how to install it – and whether you’ll need any professional assistance. Wall panels are no exception, but thankfully they’re refreshingly easy to fit.

As you’ll see in our 15-step guide, you don’t need any specialist equipment or expertise. Just a fine-tooth saw, jigsaw and sealant gun plus a bit of DIY know-how.

Panels are fitted by adding the corner trim, bottom trim and adhesive before placing the panel on the wall. After that, you simply need to add side trims, top trims and a bead of silicone sealant at the bottom and around any pipes or fittings.

Best of all, the process is the same for walls with existing coverings like bathroom tiles. To avoid the messy and time-consuming tile removal process, panels can simply be fitted over tiles with the same great results.

How much do they cost?

The cost of bathroom wall panels depends quite heavily on the size of your bathroom or the space you’re looking to cover. Some people may only need to cover the area around their shower, which can be done with two or three panels for just over £200.

If you’re panelling the whole bathroom, you’ll want to buy more than three panels. With high-quality panels sold in packs of 4 for as little as £60, this can be equally cost-effective. To give you a better idea, a 3 x 3 metre bathroom would require around 12 packs of these smaller panels, costing just over £720 to transform the entire room.

Given that you don’t need to pay for professional installation by a tiler or decorator, the overall cost is typically much lower.

Bathroom wall panel types & styles

No bathroom wall panel buying guide would be complete without covering the different types of wall panel that are available. While older wall panels may have been made wood, PVC has now been accepted as the best material.

Broadly speaking, you can choose from individual wall panels which are larger in size (generally at least 1 metre in width), packs of smaller wall panels, or all-in-one shower kits, which include all the trims, caps, adhesives and sealants you need to install wall panels around your shower.

However, there’s also a lot of choice when it comes to the style of your wall panels, including:

  • Solid colours – Whether it’s a clean white, neutral grey, pastel blue or a bold and vibrant red, bathroom wall panels are available in pretty much any colour you can think of.
  • Subtle patterns – If you want to add a bit of intrigue to your design, you can choose from patterns like sparkle, metallic, gloss and string-effect.
  • Material effects – PVC wall panels make it easier and more affordable to create a high-end, natural look, with effects including wood, brick, stone, marble and even tiles.
  • Images – You can even find wall panels with detailed images, creating a stylish focal point and backdrop in your bathroom. That includes custom panels which can be made using your own image.

Try bathroom wall panels for yourself

The best way to see the style, quality and performance of bathroom wall panels is to try them for yourself. Take a look at our full range online to find a style that suits your home.

If you’re not quite ready to install them on your own bathroom or shower, you can order four samples from Igloo Surfaces for just £1. In doing so, you’ll receive a £5 discount code for any future orders, making your samples effectively free.

What Causes Mould in Bathrooms?

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Damp and mould are some of the most common problems in domestic bathrooms. They’re also the most frustrating. Usually found in your grouting or around the bottom of your taps, patches of mould can seem to pop up no matter how often you clean. So, what causes mould in bathrooms? And how can you solve the problem?

If you’re battling bathroom mould, read on to discover what could be behind this unsightly – and potentially unhealthy – issue.

1. Poor ventilation

Unfortunately, many bathrooms provide the perfect environment that mould needs to thrive – damp, dark, and poorly ventilated. When you take a shower or bath with the door closed, you’re trapping all of the condensation inside the room. This condensation then settles on your surfaces, where it eventually leads to the development of mould.

One of the best ways to prevent this is by installing an extractor fan in your bathroom. If you can’t have one installed, consider mounting a battery-powered fan near an open window. This will help the air to circulate, dissipating condensation so it can’t become a breeding ground for mould.

2. Excess moisture

It’s obviously impossible to keep your bathroom completely dry. But by allowing excess moisture to sit around, you’re hugely increasing your chance of mould. As well as encouraging air to circulate, it’s important to keep your bathroom as dry as possible in between baths or showers.

If you have tile or vinyl flooring, make sure you lay down thick bath mats to absorb any spilled water. It’s also a smart idea to wipe down your surfaces regularly with a microfibre cloth, ideally after every shower. This will help to mop up excess moisture, preventing it from settling into cracks where mould could thrive.

3. Your grouting has cracked

Many people find that their grouting can easily become a mould hotspot. This is particularly true if your grouting has started to crack, as moisture can find its way through the gaps and cause mould to grow in the crevices between your tiles.

Although you can remove surface discolouration, it’s almost impossible to get rid of the mould completely because your grouting is porous. If your once-white grouting is showing clear signs of mildew, it may be time to regrout your bathroom – but be aware you may find yourself in the same situation a few years down the line.

For a permanent solution, why not switch to PVC bathroom panels? Available in a range of impressive finishes, panels are 100% waterproof and easy to wipe down – meaning mould has no chance of getting through the cracks.

Instead of grouting, all that’s needed to fix our panels is a thin bead of silicone in between each sheet. This will create a water-tight seal, helping to protect your underlying wall from the effects of excess moisture.

Find your perfect bathroom wall panels

Ready to say goodbye to grouting mould for good? Browse our full collection of bathroom and shower panels or give us a call on 01709 329117 to find out more.